Nine Splendid Reasons to Get Your Keister Outdoors This Summer

Battleship movies. Garden concerts. Polo. Let’s review.

By Shari Gab

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22 May 2017

This is just one installment of 37 Things a Man's Gotta Do This Summer, our annual compendium of everything worth seeing, doing, eating, drinking and generally making time for in your neck of the woods between now and September.


Another summer means street festivals, Hamptons runs and other en plein air exploits. Which, for the most part, is why we live here.

Allow us to add a few more reasons, with the nine outdoor adventures every New Yorker should partake of this summer.

Inside (er, outside): concerts in a sculpture garden, movies on a battleship and a bottomless barbeque on the waterfront.

Pack your sunblock.

With your lady ...

MoMA Summer Garden Concerts
Art, gardens, live music: it’s a stone-cold midsummer night’s killer. Established in ‘71, the MoMA presents world-class jazz and classical in the Sculpture Garden on a first come, first served basis. (Sundays, July 10 - 31)

Veuve Clicquot Polo Party
Yes, there is actual polo, plus a bottle of Veuve Rosé for every attendee and a special performance by Alicia Keys. A smashing good time. (June 3)

Rose Garden Weekend
In peak bloom, the Botanic Gardens hosts two days of live music and tours with refreshments and expert rosarians on hand. (June 3 & 4)

With the family ...

Outdoor Movie Series 
Could there be a more perfect place to watch Top Gun than on the Intrepid? Nope. That and many more, finishing with a little number you might have heard of: Back to the Future, at this epic annual affair. (May 26 - August 8)

The U.S. Open
New York's best sporting event, bar none. Get grounds passes for the third or fourth round if you're a serious fan; seated tickets for a night session on Arthur Ashe if you're a first-timer who wants to see what it's all about. And with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal rolling back the years, we could be primed for one helluva second week. Get your tickets now and crisp the polos. (8/28 - 9/10)

Clearwaters Festival
Solid for a group or the whole fam, this festival features seven eco-friendly stages of music and entertainment on the waterfront. There are boats and rides plus all the artisanal food you shake a sunblock bottle at. Plus, it benefits a good cause. Everyone wins. (June 17 & 18)

With those hooligans you call friends ...

Summer Streets
Grab a bud and skate, run, walk or bike the length of the city unfettered by the imminent dangers of cabs and, ugh, stoplights. (August 5, 12 & 19)

OutdoorFest
Whatever you love about the outdoors, here you go. Outdoor Fest offers camping, hiking, fly fishing, mountain biking, running, jumping, climbing trees and just plain jamming out ... within the confines of the five boroughs. (June 3 - 12)

Hudson River Blues and BBQ Fest
I don’t think anyone is really going to have to twist your arm for this one. All the BBQ and all the blues, staged on the waterfront and taking you from day into night. (August 19)

This is the first installment of 37 Things a Man's Gotta Do This Summer, our annual compendium of everything worth seeing, doing, eating, drinking and generally making time for in your neck of the woods between now and September.

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